Former Tour champion Jan Ullrich arrested over alleged attack on escort

Ruben Hill
August 10, 2018

The former cyclist's dramatic fall from grace came two decades after he became the only German to have won the Tour de France, in 1997.

German police on Friday briefly detained former cyclist and Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich for attacking and injuring a 31-year old prostitute in a Frankfurt luxury hotel, a police spokeswoman said.

Police spokesperson Carina Lerch said the retired German cyclist was arrested after police were called to the hotel.

Ullrich had allegedly called on the services of a prostitute at the five-star Villa Kennedy Hotel in Frankfurt, Bild daily reported. Mr Ullrich said he was only trying to talk to his neighbour.

But he then got into a quarrel with the "escort lady" and "physically attacked and injured her", police said.

The woman needed medical treatment but police said no more details would be given on her health while they are still investigating. He allegedly forced his way onto the property of his neighbor, German actor and director Til Schweiger, and provoked a fight in his garden.

Ullrich had told German Bild newspaper in an interview earlier this week that he had marriage problems and was emotionally stressed after his wife had made a decision to separate.

"The separation from Sara and distance from my children, whom I have not seen since Easter and have barely spoken to, have had a great effect on me".

Ullrich, the only German to win the Tour, was dogged by doping allegations throughout his career and admitted to the German magazine Focus in 2013 that he received blood-doping treatment from the Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, adding: "Almost everyone took performance-enhancing substances then". He also told me that he had a prescription for cocaine'.

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